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Published July 29, 2012, 09:52 PM

Forum newspaper changes its policy on wedding notices

FARGO, N.D. (WDAY TV) - The Forum newspaper has made a decision saying it'll publish gay marriage announcements, engagements and anniversaries.

FARGO, N.D. (WDAY TV) - The Forum newspaper has made a decision saying it'll publish gay marriage announcements, engagements and anniversaries.

However, there is a catch. It'll only publish announcements if the marriages take place where same-sex couples are legally recognized, like New York.

It won't publish announcements for civil unions and commitment ceremonies.

The Forum's editor, Matthew Von Pinnon says "It's true that a good newspaper mirrors its community, and this community is conflicted on the subject of gay marriage."

He says, "We inform the public, plain and simple. We do not choose sides."

The Forum says until now, it had never received a marriage announcement from a same-sex couple planning to legally marry.

The two women at the height of the controversy say they could not be happier with their decision.

It's a good day for Kelsey Smith and Allison Johnson as they get ready to hit the road. They're driving to Minneapolis to catch a flight to New York for their big day.

Kelsey Smith, getting married: “We're just stoked. We really, we just feel proud. I think that's been the most overwhelming reaction we felt; proud of the Forum and the community.”

The two are the first same sex couple to apply for an announcement of their legal wedding in the Fargo Forum. Nearly one week after being denied, there was an outpouring of support through social media, friends and people they didn't even know. The pair says they're happy to have made a difference.

Allison Johnson, getting married: “We just we wanted to be treated equal. Equally, just like any other couple would in Fargo.”

Johnson and Smith aren't only excited about what they've done for themselves but what they've done for every other same sex couple in our community.

Smith: “We don't want any other couple to have to experience the rejection, so it's just going to be something that is published, and soon it will be normal, and this won't be talked about, and we're excited for that.”

Although it wasn't the engagement announcement the couple was expecting.

“We definitely did not see this happening.”

Looking back they say all of the ups and downs were well worth it.

“We're excited that we were able to be a part of, really just the ground breaking of this policy here in Fargo.”

Allison and Kelsey's wedding announcement will be in next Sunday’s paper.

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